Coronavirus

Single day Covid-19 numbers in India touch 2,64,202

Single day Covid-19 numbers

India reported 2,64,202 Covid-19 cases while the number of confirmed Omicron cases went up to 5,753. With this spike in cases the positivity rate went up to 14.78 per cent and the active case load reached 12,72,073 according to the data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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The cumulative tally of cases has reached 3,65,82,129 while 315 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Combating the spread, the cumulative doses administered in the country under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 155.39 crore so far. More than 15.17 crore balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his review meeting with the chief ministers of all states emphasized on the need for local containment to restrict the spread of Covid-19. He mentioned that the Omicron variant is infecting the general public many times faster than the earlier variants. “We have to be alert, be careful, but we also have to take care that there is no panic situation. We have to see that in this festive season, the alertness of the people and the administration is not lowered anywhere. The way the central and state governments had adopted a pre-emptive, proactive and collective approach, the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be,” he added.

The Prime Minister stressed that while making any strategy, it is very important to keep in mind that there should be minimum damage to the livelihood of the common people, economic activities, and momentum of the economy should be maintained. So it would be better to focus more on local containment. He stressed that we should be in the position to provide maximum treatment in home isolation situations and for that home isolation guidelines should keep on improving and they should be strictly followed. He said that use of tele-medicine facilities in treating will help a great deal.

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Commenting on the health infrastructure, the Prime Minister lauded the states for using the 23,000 crore rupees package that was given earlier to revamp the health infrastructure. Under this, more than 800 paediatric units all over the country, 1.5 lakh new ICU and HDU beds, more than 5 thousand special ambulances, more than 950 liquid medical oxygen storage tank capacity have been added. The Prime Minister stressed the need to keep on expanding the infrastructure. “In order to defeat Corona we need to keep our readiness ahead of every variant. Along with tackling Omicron, we need to start preparing for any future variant from now itself”, the Prime Minister said.

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